|The Missouri River was the primary
route Lewis and Clark traveled through the prairies.
Last year, the Sierra Club's Living River Group in Vermillion was
successful in helping to get jet skis banned on the portion of the
river that enjoys Wild and Scenic River status. The group has also
been working to get Land and Water Conservation Fund monies to further
protect the river.
The problem is that the National Park Service,
which manages Wild and Scenic River, does not have adequate funding
to protect the area. There's poor enforcement of the jet ski ban,
and the National Park Service had not taken full advantage of the
potential of this area by establishing campgrounds, trails and water
What you can do: To help the Living River Group in Vermillion,
contact Jim Heisinger at email@example.com.
Photo courtesy NPS.